The Search for a New Drummer: How the Foo Fighters Will Move Forward after the Loss of Taylor Hawkins

Foo Fighters

The Foo Fighters are an American rock band started in 1994 by lead singer, guitarist, and primary songwriter Dave Grohl. Grohl wrote and recorded all the instruments and vocals on the band’s self-titled debut album, released in 1995, as a one-man project. The band members have changed over the years, but the current lineup is as follows: Dave Grohl (lead vocals, guitar), Taylor Hawkins (drums, backing vocals), Nate Mendel (bass guitar), Chris Shiflett (guitar, backing vocals), Rami Jaffee (keyboards), and Pat Smear (percussion) (guitar). Throughout their history, they have published multiple albums and are noted for their high-energy live performances, catchy tunes, and Grohl’s distinctive vocal style. Over the years, they have achieved both commercial success and critical acclaim, and have been nominated for and won numerous honours, including multiple Grammy Awards.

Foo Fighters Searching for new drummer

Who will be behind the drum kit?

The death of Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins was a terrible blow to the band and its fans. Hawkins, who had been a member of the band since 1997, died unexpectedly while on tour in South America in 2017. Along with frontman and band founder Dave Grohl, Hawkins was a visual focal point due to his large personality and flashy appearance.

Who will be behind the drum kit when the Foo Fighters hit the road this spring to perform at the Boston Calling and Sonic Temple festivals in May and the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in June? This article will discuss the Foo Fighters’ options for a replacement drummer, taking into account the band’s history and the difficulties of replacing Taylor Hawkins.

The Tribute Concerts

At the tribute concerts for Hawkins that the Foo Fighters performed in London and Los Angeles last fall, the band collaborated with several drummers, including session aces Josh Freese and Omar Hakim, Darkness drummer Rufus Taylor, and guest appearances from Metallica’s Lars Ulrich, former Police drummer Stewart Copeland, Blink-182 star Travis Barker, and even 12-year-old British star Nandi Bushell and Hawkins’ son Shane.

Joining a hard-touring band like the Foo Fighters is a significantly longer-term commitment, needing a musician with the experience and stamina to play the band’s renowned two-plus-hour-long sets multiple times per week. Filling the shoes of Taylor Hawkins, a talented and forceful drummer, is a daunting challenge.

The New Drummer Is Dave Grohl?

Dave Grohl is among the finest drummers in rock history, based solely on his work with Nirvana. Hawkins faced many obstacles when he joined the band, as he had to emerge from Grohl’s shadow and establish himself as the Foo Fighters’ drummer. It is tough to front a rock band from behind a drum kit, and the rest of the Foo Fighters are so used to playing supporting roles on stage that it would be difficult for them to portray Grohl’s degree of charisma and energy on arena, festival, and stadium stages. It appears safe to eliminate that option from consideration.

Outside of the Group

Looking outside the band, one’s initial inclination might be to explore who could contribute musical and visual flair on par with Hawkins. But in reality, a large personality would be the worst thing the Foo Fighters could do; anyone attempting to replace Hawkins would appear dismissive. However, the new drummer cannot be shy or intimidated by the position.

It’s probable that the tribute gigs were an audition of sorts; if a drummer could perform on big stadium venues, they could likely manage a tour. Freese and Rufus Taylor therefore appear to be the most likely candidates for the post.

Nandi Bushell and Shane Hawkins could make guest appearances, but they are not viable full-time replacement candidates. Omar Hakim, who also performed with the Foo Fighters at the gigs, is a seasoned jazz and rock drummer with decades of experience, but at 63, he is substantially older than the rest of the band.

Rufus Taylor, on the other hand, is the son of Queen drummer Roger Taylor, and his experience with The Darkness and touring lifestyle make him well-suited for the position. His performance during the tribute performances was impressive, and his background legacy places him in a position similar to that of Jason Bonham in Led Zeppelin, but without the strain of attempting to replicate Hawkins’ precise approach.


The Foo Fighters will have difficulty replacing Taylor Hawkins. Hawkins was not just a superb musician, but he was also a valued member of the band and a crucial component of their visual identity. Nevertheless, the band has various candidates for the position of drummer, including session drummers Josh Freese and Rufus Taylor, as well as seasoned session drummer Omar Hakim. Even though no one can replace Hawkins, the band must find a drummer who can offer their own style and enthusiasm to the group while still honouring Hawkins’ legacy. Regardless of their decision, fans can anticipate the Foo Fighters to return to the tour in spring, and the band will continue to create music that celebrates Hawkins’ legacy.

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